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The young people who are affected by strokes

Make May Purple is the Stroke Association's annual stroke awareness month. A stoke occurs when blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.

By the age of 75 one in six men and one in five women will have a stroke. Smoking, high blood pressure and being overweight increase your risk.

But young people can have strokes too. Kerry Swain has been speaking to survivors in their teens and twenties.

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'Match4Zara' bone marrow donor campaign leads to transplant operation for teenager after match found

Zara and her family raised awareness of her search for a donor via social media

A teenage blood cancer patient from Winchester who launched a social media campaign to find a bone marrow donor to help save her life has had her transplant operation.

Zara Al Shaikh is half-Arabic and half-English and her mixed ethnicity means she has a very rare tissue type. She urgently needed a blood stem cell donor to treat her leukaemia. Following months of campaigning to raise awareness, a donor match was found in April.

Zara had her operation yesterday and a message on the 'Saving Zara's Life - Match4Zara' Facebook page said that she was sitting up and smiling after a successful transplant operation. Her family also took the chance to thank everyone who spread the message about her search.

Facebook page with Zara's message thanking supporters Credit: Match4Zara Facebook page

Zara's supporters had been working with charities such as Delete Blood Cancer UK to raise awareness. Her family are asking for people to continue signing donor registers so other families can benefit from the support which they have received.

Other donor registers include NHS Blood and Transplant and the Anthony Nolan organisation.

NHS confirms appointment of Southern Health Chair

Southern Health has appointed Tim Smart as Interim Chair after regulatory action taken by NHS Improvement in response to serious concerns raised by the Care Quality Commission.

Tim Smart will carry out a review of the capacity and capability of the trust's current board.

NHS Improvement say they will work closely with the new Interim Chair, who takes up his post. They are also deciding whether to take further regulatory action against Southern Health.

Credit: King's College University

The people that rely on our services and their families will be at the heart of everything we do. Two of my immediate priorities are to make sure that the quality and safety of our services improve and to make sure the Board functions more effectively

– Tim Smart, Interim Chair at Southern Health

Tim Smart has previously worked as Chief Executive of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for 7 years.

Police investigate 'malicious' phone call to bereaved mother

Thames Valley Police have confirmed they are launching an investigation into an abusive voicemail received by Dr Sara Ryan.

A spokeswoman said the message, allegedly sent by an employee of Southern Health, "has now been recorded as a report of a malicious communication and is currently under investigation."

"I felt horrified" - mother of Connor Sparrowhawk responds to abusive voicemail

Dr Ryan's son Connor Sparrowhawk drowned while under the care of Southern Health

The mother of Connor Sparrowhawk says she felt horrified by an abusive voicemail, allegedly sent by an employee of Southern Health.

Dr Sara Ryan only heard the message yesterday when she noticed a voicemail had been left on her work phone.

She told ITV Meridian:

I felt quite sick, I felt horrified and couldn't believe what I was hearing. We posted it online and the response we've had has been immediate. People are disgusted by it and shocked by the whole thing

– Dr Sara Ryan

Listen to a recording of the voicemail below:

Connor Sparrowhawk drowned while under the care of Southern Health. The NHS Trust has been criticised by NHS England and the Care Quality Commission for failing to investigate hundreds of unexpected deaths.


Watch our special feature on damning report into Southern Health

The Care Quality Commission has issued a damning report following an inspection of the way the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust looks after the people in its care.

The organisation has come under increased scrutiny following the revelation that there were failings in the way that it reported and investigated hundreds of unexpected deaths, particularly of people using its mental health and learning disability services.

The chief executive of the trust, Katrina Percy, has refused to step down, despite criticism about Southern Health's leadership.

You can watch our full special report on the Care Quality Commission's report into Southern Health NHS Trust below:

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